Updated: Feb 27
So what's with 365 Days of art?
It's all about inspiration and a love of creating. I create five pieces of art a week, one of which I show you how to create. This week, cute love bugs. Join me as I fill my sketchbook to the brim with inspiration, crafts, doodles and drawings. Challenged yourself with me, or just get some great art ideas for a one-off project.
I'm taking my tasks from the fabulous artist and art author Lorna Scobie.
I also cram my Instagram with more art... check it out Or don't I'm not the boss of you.
Task; Draw the ocean from memory
It turns out my laid back, devil-may-care zen attitude was a lie. Under all that buoyant happy-go-lucky annoying-ness was a barley controlled control-freak. When it comes to art, I'm more of an Amy than a Mike*. This truth has hit-home-hard with this task. Draw from your memory it asks... Which is the equivalent of me being an Italian mama and being asked to scrape together Carbonara with lasagne sheets and gammon. It's an abomination although that does sound kind of delicious. My art is painstaking deliberate and meticulously produced to the point I now have a painkiller PEZ dispenser on my Amazon wish-list, which will hopefully help deal with the major eraser elbow I'm nursing. I hate to 'wing-it' with art and drawing from memory is (if you haven't already got it from the ten-minute thunder rant above) a bastard. But I did it. Enjoy the fruits of my rage.
Task; Fill a page with red things
I like doodles.. I like lists... Doodle lists? You are my jam! Comfort zone watch out I've got my PJ's on and my bra is coming off! My fav? Gotta be a packet of Tommy-K.
Task: Draw with a white pen on these black shapes.
This...was...so...much...fun. Once I started thinking about 'light' (created by a white gel pen) rather than shadow, it was great to see the very striking effect of the artwork. Made me think about shapes created by the light falling on them a lot more.
Task: Draw some glasses or sunglasses
It is such a gorgeous day, and surprisingly since it's a Bank Holiday... which usually means grey, damp, greyer, Oooo is that a spot of blue over there? No. Then after all the hope, it pisses it down just like every other bank holiday. But not this time. It was topless men and flip-flops all freaking' day.
Task: Open a picture book, turn to a page at random and draw.
Peanut by David Lucas was for a time our go-to bedtime book. Peanut is a scared monkey who doesn't even know he is a monkey. Too afraid to leave his flower, he is forced to face his fear as each of the petals begin to fall away. It's a beautiful story with lush deceptively simple illustrations that as soon I read the task... I knew it was this book I wanted to draw from.
Caught by the bug.... (I'll get my coat) I've created my simple How-To around this task. Brace yourself for some cute watercolour bugs.
That's it folks
Join me next week when teach you how to create your own flock of colourful birds, conversations and love... or some such thing.
But if you can't wait, here is where it all began with Week 1.